One of the elements I’m trying to create in each of my WATER paintings is the feeling that the grasses are gently moving in the breeze.
Our neighbors have some of these same grasses at the end of their driveway, so every time I drive, run, or walk past them, I take a good long look at what makes them beautiful. They seem to sparkle in the sun as they move around — and that’s what I REALLY wanted in my paintings — but I just wasn’t sure how to get this feeling.
And then it just dawned on me recently. It’s not the blades of grass I need to worry so much about, it’s the space BETWEEN the grasses that I should be focusing on. In real life, the blades of grass are all the same color, but it’s the shadows created by the breeze that make it so interesting to watch.
So even though I thought I was done with this painting, when I pulled it out (of my van where it was drying all week) again, and held it up to the other five paintings in the series, I decided it just wasn’t quite done.
I went back and added all kind of crazy colors in random places–to help define the blades of grass, and hopefully create the magical feeling of moving grasses that you get at the beach (and also at the end of my neighbor’s driveway!)